Some Unemployment Checks Late

Being on unemployment can be stressful enough, but imagine not getting your payments. That's going on with a lot of people these days.

Valerie Kea was at the Greenville Employment Security Commission Office Monday trying to figure out what's going on with her benefits. She lost her machine operator job in 2007 when it moved overseas. She's been collecting unemployment for displaced workers while she goes back to school and learns a new trade, but says she hasn't received a check since February 16th.

ESC officials say there's a reason for the delay recipients are experiencing. ESC Region five manager Patsy Jones says,
"Due to the unprecedented times that we currently find ourselves in, with extensions of unemployment extensions, as we move forward with extensions we find ourselves doing the best to pay benefits. We have seen some, a few overpayments, those are being corrected very quickly within a week, so I would say the system is working fairly well."

Jones says she'll take a look into Kea's situation and try and figure out the issue as soon as possible. Until then, Kea is left to keep on waiting.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2010 at 05:43 PM
    McDonalds is still hiring Valerie. Just because your in school doesn't mean you can't work for 2 yrs. Like the song goes.nah nah nah gettttt a jobbbb nah nah nah!
  • by Now Employed Location: Crystal Coast on Mar 10, 2010 at 07:04 AM
    There may be jobs, but the process to actually get one takes a LONG time. The company that employed me for 15 yrs, closed in September. It took until January to become employed again. My husband is still unemployed and it's not for a lack of trying. There are just so many unemployed and not enough jobs to fill the need. When employers receive 50 or more applications for one position, that is astonishing!
  • by david Location: greenville on Mar 9, 2010 at 04:20 PM
    If people know the whole story, i also worked with Valerie, and lost my job with company from going overseas and told to go to school and we get paid from ESC as long as we in school. You can't get a part-time job because they cut off your benefits. if people look at tv not any good jobs out there without a degree. So like Valerie we are doing our part, put Esc want to give us the run around. This is not the first time this has happen. So get the facts before you down people, don't everyone sit home and wait on a check. I work for 20yrs, now i have to start over.
  • by Jimbo Location: NC on Mar 9, 2010 at 05:46 AM
    Perhaps if Valerie showed the same deligence in trying to find a job as she has shown trying to find her check she would be employed now. There's LOTS of jobs in Greenville. No, it's much easier for Valerie and many more like her to sit at home, collect a check, and say woe is me as they facebook all day. No, Anonymous no one "deserves" a check unless they work to earn it (especially not after two years). I thought unemployment was supposed to cover you until you can find a new job. Some folks around here, like those who have been on it a year or more, are using it in lieu of a job. That's just not right!
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Mar 9, 2010 at 04:12 AM
    You are correct Valerie, this country has dug itself into a hole by exporting American jobs out of the country to find cheap labor. Good luck to you in your job search and retraining.
  • by MADDOG Location: GREENVILLE on Mar 9, 2010 at 02:16 AM
    Look at it this way,Valerie- If you worked two days,2 years or 20 years,You payed taxes every every week to cover unemployment. So you should get your check. I have worked now for 37 years and I thank GOD every day I was able to do that.Now little miss Mike and WHAT are you telling me that now I got 37 years on the job and if my job bottomed out I should got no check or get another job. Well let me say this to both of you. If I lose my job after 37 years,,Give me a check and you both payed the taxes so I can get it every week.After all I will retire real soon. Let me get me and why I go Fishing,,,You two go to work.
  • by DK on Mar 8, 2010 at 08:03 PM
    How in the heck does someone go unemployed for 2 whole years? There are plenty of jobs out there but people just dont want them. Saying that there are no jobs out there is bull. And dont say that since you are going to school that you cant work. My wife just got her masters and kept a full time job, right after she had our baby. Get off your butt and work people!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2010 at 07:27 PM
    Don't listen to them Valerie. You deserve your check. And I hope and pray you get it soon.
  • by Valerie on Mar 8, 2010 at 05:58 PM
    First of all I have not been unemployed for three years, my job ended in December 0f 2007 I have been unemployed for two years. Second I am a full time college student and for resons out of my control I am not working because the job I had moved oversees for cheater labor.If the job had never left l would still be employed.
  • by Mike on Mar 8, 2010 at 05:29 PM
    Id have to agree,3yrs is a bit excessive,by about 2 1/2 years.If youre laid off for a reason beyond youre control,by all means you deserve a check,but not forever.
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